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A Centroise company challenges the Ministry of the Environment

The Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change announces that it has issued an order with regard to the Club naturiste Adam et Ève ltée requesting that it cease, for a period of 90 days, the work and illegal interventions in wetlands and bodies of water, at 625, rang Saint-David, in Sainte-Brigitte-des-Saults, in Centre-du-Québec.

Ordinance No. 713, imposed under section 115.2 of the Environment Quality Act (EQA), follows numerous interventions by the Department with the aim of stopping work in wetlands and bodies of water .

Since 2014, the Club naturiste Adam et Ève ltée has committed several breaches by carrying out work in wetlands and bodies of water, without having previously obtained authorization from the Minister. Despite the Department’s numerous interventions, including notices of non-compliance and a monetary administrative penalty of $5,000 sent to the company, asking it to remedy these breaches without delay, it has not taken the required corrective measures.

On July 27, 2021, an inspection notably revealed major excavation work carried out at 50 different locations in a wetland, the construction of a 3.2-kilometre road, the digging of drainage ditches, the backfilling part of a pond and the addition of campsites in a wetland. An investigation with a view to criminal proceedings was initiated following these findings.

New inspections carried out on June 2 and 14, 2022 confirmed that no corrective measures to remedy the deficiencies noted on July 27, 2121 had been carried out and that new work in a wetland was still in progress, without the company has previously obtained ministerial authorization in accordance with the EQA. A new notice of non-compliance was therefore sent to the company on June 21, 2022.

Interventions in a wetland disrupt its hydrological functions, have impacts on soils, vegetation and wildlife and can cause irreversible damage. Since the continuation of the work by the Club naturiste Adam et Ève ltée would have the effect of destroying more wetlands, the Department is using the remedies available to it and is now issuing an order against it.

Highlights

• The Department has received numerous complaints over the past few years about illegal activities on this site.

• As early as 2014, the owner had been made aware of the presence of wetlands and bodies of water on this site and informed of his obligations in the event of an expansion of his campground.

• Numerous inspections and audits have been carried out by the Department since 2014 and several notices of non-compliance and a monetary administrative penalty of $5,000 have been sent to the company. An investigation for criminal prosecution has also been initiated.

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